TEHRAN, May 2, YJC - Moroccans protesting on May Day have burned flags of the Israeli regime as a show of support for a group of Palestinian prisoners who have remained on hunger strike for more than two weeks.
TEHRAN, Young Journalists Club (YJC) -
Videos published on Tuesday showed the protesters gathering outside the main compound of the Moroccan parliament in the capital, Rabat, and setting Israeli flags ablaze.
The protesters chanted slogans against the regime in Tel Aviv and called for an end to Israel’s policy of administrative detention, which allows the regime authorities to extend prison terms without exhausting judicial channels.
Hundreds of Palestinian prisoners have reportedly taken part in the collective hunger strike led by Marwan Barghouthi, a senior anti-occupation figure, which began three weeks ago. The hunger strikers demand an end to the harsh treatment of prisoners in jails while calling for an end to the occupation of the Palestinian territories.
Muslims in other countries of North Africa have also expressed solidarity with the Palestinian hunger strikers. Reports on Tuesday said a group of Tunisian students began a hunger strike to show their support for the prisoners. The students said in a statement that they would never forget the Palestinians were making a sacrifice "to vindicate their dignity and nobleness.”
The media committee of the hunger strike, dubbed the Freedom and Dignity Strike, said Sunday that several of the hunger-striking inmates had lost 10 kilograms of their weight, Presstv reported.
A number of the hunger strikers held in the Israeli Ofer prison are suffering from low blood pressure, severe headaches as well as stomach and joint problems, the report added.
It further noted that Israeli authorities do not allow Palestinian prisoners to drink cool water and instead force them to drink warm water.